Giovanna Dandolo

Giovanna Dandolo was a dogaressa of Venice by marriage to doge Pasquale Malipiero (reign 1457–1462).

Giovanna Dandolo supported the newly introduced art of book printing in Venice, the lace industry of Burano, and acted as a financier for many writers. Many of the early books printed in Venice are dedicated to her. She was referred to as the empress of book printing and the queen of lace. The only known surviving portrait of a 15th-century dogaressa is that of Giovanna Dandolo on the reverse of a medal designed by Pietro da Fano.[1]


  1. Humfrey, Peter (2011). "The Portrait in Fifteenth Century Venice". The Renaissance Portrait: From Donatello to Bellini (2nd ed.). New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. pp. 60–61. ISBN 978-1-58839-425-5.


Preceded by
Marina Nani
Dogaressa of Venice
Cristina Sanudo
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